Airs Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 1:00 AM on 90.3 WCPN
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Celebrate this holiday season with a cherished tradition; the St. Olaf Christmas Festival now in is its 100th year. It’s a spiritual musical journey that takes us from the expectation of Advent, to that holiest of moments when Christ was born in a lowly stable, to the arrival twelve days later of the Three Kings from the East.
Over 500 student musicians from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota warm this cold and dark Minnesota December with their refined and glowing tone, at one moment hushed and reverent, and at another full of joy and awe at the Christmas blessing. You’ll hear familiar carols, choral motets and get your chance to sing hymns with the some 3,000 audience members that attend this completely sold-out event. And as this year’s title tells us, you will also feel moved to rejoice, give thanks and sing!